While the Apple AirPods Pro greatly improve upon the original AirPods design, they’re not without their flaws. Whether you’re unable to get a good fit, or are worried about the case’s durability, there are extras you can pickup to improve your AirPods Pro experience. Seeing how everyone’s trying to cash-in on the AirPods market, it can be hard to differentiate the good from the gimmicks. That’s where we come in: here are the best AirPods Pro accessories out now.
Editor’s note: this list was updated on July 7, 2020, to answer questions in the FAQ regarding AirPods Pro charging options and ear tip materials.
The best AirPods Pro accessories are the Comply Foam Tips
Apple doesn’t include memory foam ear tips with its AirPods Pro, but the Comply AirPods Pro tips fill the gap. These ear tips are compatible with the AirPods Pro’s indented collar design, and improve sound quality and noise cancelling performance.
Comply Foam Tips AirPods Pro
Noise cancelling technology is complicated, but the TL;DR of it is this: in order to get the most out of your noise cancelling earbuds, you have to have to start with a good fit. Finding a proper fit with earbuds can be difficult, especially if the headset only includes a few pairs of silicone sleeves. Memory foam ear tips remedy this fit issue because they expand to the shape of the user’s ear canals. This means even more excess noise is blocked out passively by the dense foam barrier than silicone alternatives. The end result: improved noise cancelling and sound quality. The downside is that memory foam degrades faster than silicone and is a lot harder to clean.
The Catalyst waterproof case can endure
One of the best things about true wireless technology is how portable it is, but just because the AirPods Pro case is portable doesn’t mean it’s durable. That’s why backpackers, hikers, and urban explorers should pickup the Catalyst waterproof case.
Catalyst waterproof case
This buddy can handle it all: it’s IP67 and MIL-STD 810G certified and tested; the former rating denotes dust and water-resistance while the latter indicates shock-resistance. Its silicone sleeve is form-fitting but still allows quick access to the case’s lid, so you can reveal the earbuds for easy listening.
Catalyst made a little cutout in the center of the case, so the AirPods Pro case’s LED indicator is still visible. The included carabiner is great for hooking it onto a backpack strap or belt loop, so you’ll never be without your favorite buds.
The Anker 15W Wireless Charger can charge anything quickly
Of all the Apple AirPods Pro accessories, this one may be the most versatile. Not only can it charge the AirPods Pro case, but its 15W specification means that it can also fast charge a smartphone and any Qi-compatible device quickly.
Anker PowerWave II Pad
It’s a bit cumbersome relative to other wireless charging pads because of the five-foot DC power cable, but that’s really the only downside here. The smart charging technology is programmed to recognize when it needs to switch between 5, 7.5W, 10W, and 15W charging modes. This means you’ll benefit from optimal charging rates no matter the device.
An anti-slip ring encircles the circumference of the pad, so it can hold a phone, Apple Watch, or AirPods Pro case in place. Oh, and it plays nicely with cases up to 5mm thick. So if you buy a case for your earbuds, you don’t have to fiddle with removing it before placing it on the charging pad.
Keep track of your AirPods Pro with the Cobcobb magnetic leash
This magnetic earbuds leash is great for anyone prone to losing things, and for athletes. Since the leash is made of silicone, it can stretch to hold the AirPods, AirPods Pro, or any other AirPods and AirPods Pro alternatives.
Cobcobb magnetic leash
Each collar hides a magnet for clasping the earbuds together, which is great for avoiding unwieldy cables when the earbuds aren’t in use. The cable leash weighs just 14 grams and comes in a variety of colors. The company also backs a six-month warranty in case any issues arise.
Every day is throwback Thursday with the Spigen Classic Shuffle case
If you’re looking for fun AirPods Pro accessories, you’ve hit the jackpot here with the Spigen Classic Shuffle case. This turns the white plastic case into an Apple iPod shuffle lookalike.
Spigen Classic Shuffle case
The soft silicone covering protects the Pro’s case from scratches and absorbs minor shocks; though, it isn’t nearly as durable as the Catalyst waterproof case mentioned above. The buttons on it are aesthetics only, but cool nonetheless. Spigen kept a cutout for the LED indicator and button indentation for manually pairing the headset. This makes a great gift for the Apple fanboy in your life. For a more modern case from Spigen, check out the Rugged Armor case.
Best AirPods Pro accessories: notable mentions
- AhaStyle AirPods Pro Ear Hooks: Athletes who want a way to secure their valued noise cancelling earbuds to their ears when working out should get these. They’re easy to install and include a carrying pouch.
- Caseology Vault case: This is a more affordable alternative to the Catalyst case, and is more durable than the Spigen Shuffle Classic case. The textured exterior makes it easy to grip, and its thin enough to be compatible with a wide array of wireless charging pads.
- CharJenPro AirFoams Pro: These ear tips are more expensive than the Comply Foam Tips, but include a mesh guard to prevent earwax from mucking up your AirPods Pro.
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We don’t just rely on data to inform our recommendations, though; we also take audio products into the real world to see how they perform on a day-to-day basis. This means we exercise with workout earbuds and commute with noise cancelling headphones, to give readers a holistic illustration of how a given product performs.
Frequently Asked Questions
While wireless chargers are certainly convenient, they're not as fast as using a wire. If you need to charge your AirPods Pro in a pinch, you're better off using its included Lighting cable.